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8.02.1x

Electricity and Magnetism: Electrostatics

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Electricity and Magnetism dominate much of the world around us – from the most fundamental processes in nature to cutting edge electronic devices. Electric and magnet fields arise from charged particles. Charged particles also feel forces in electric and magnetic fields. Maxwell’s equations, in addition to describing this behavior, also describe electromagnetic radiation. In this course, we focus on Electrostatics. We examine the forces between charges, electric fields, and electric potential, looking at different ways of calculating each. We also look at dipoles and the difference between conductors and insulators. The course ends by explaining capacitors and dielectrics.

Learning Objectives

  • How electric fields form and how to measure them
  • What are dipoles
  • Gauss’s Law and why it is important
  • What is electric potential
  • How conductors, insulators, and capacitors work
  • Format of This Course

    This course includes lectures and exercises.

    Recommended Prerequisites

    Knowledge of classical mechanics, multivariable calculus

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    Course staff

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    Peter Dourmashkin

    Senior Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Analia Barrantes

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Michelle Tomasik

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Robert Redwine

    Professor of Physics and Director of Bates Linear Accelerator Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Krishna Rajagopal

    Dean for Digital Learning

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Kerstin Perez

    Assistant Professor of Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    1. Course Number:

      8.02.1x
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    4. Estimated Effort:

      12 hours/week
    5. Length:

      7 weeks
    6. Year Created:

      2019
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